The 2008 legislative session is now more than half way complete but much important work remains. Key issues that we still must address are tax reform, a budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the needs of our citizens, and transportation. Last week the House Ways & Means Committee approved several tax reform measures. With tax reform must come spending reform and last week we also laid out our spending priorities for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget.
As state legislators continue to consider various bills on issues ranging from illegal immigration to dealing with convicted sex offenders, there's an awful lot of silence coming from Atlanta on the state of property tax reform.
Just as the Republican party is in the middle of a shake-up, the Democrats find themselves in turmoil as well.
I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about 6-years-old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.
My wife doesn't know this and she'll probably kill me when she finds out, since she thinks I have better sense:
We have officially completed the twentieth legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session. The reconciliation budget, called the "little budget" is the document that looks at where the state stands, especially with federally-mandated Medicaid and education funding. If we are short, usually due to unanticipated growth, the General Assembly must infuse new funds to offset ...
An anonymous reader writes: "In your column (Feb. 17) you state, 'The total Republican [presidential primary] vote was down nearly 25 percent from Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2006 high-water mark.' You seem to hold that as a hopeful sign that the Democrat Party is somehow making a comeback in Georgia. That's wishful thinking on your part, but what this 25 percent difference no doubt really indicates is the magnitude of Republican voters who ...
Since Gov. Sonny Perdue took the state's reins in 2003, he has methodically cut $1.4 billion in funds that would have gone to the state's school systems. The upcoming budget is no different: Perdue has recommended $140 million in education "austerity cuts" for fiscal 2009, which begins in July. Since his election, he has successfully reversed the course of previous governors who had hoped to improve Georgia's dismal record in public education by ...
Each year, the Bryan County News is proud to publish our "countywide" edition. This issue is mailed to every deliverable household in Bryan County as a way of introducing the newspaper to potential readers.
This week a friend said to me, "I thought when the children went off to college that our lives would slow down. Instead, they seem to be speeding up."
Here's the problem: Every year, more than 13,000 Georgia kids become daily smokers and nearly one-third of them will die a premature death because of it.
News that the state has abolished its portion of the property tax is no doubt welcome to homeowners. That's a good thing, but let's get real. That $15-25 saved on a home valued at $150,000 is not what's hurting local property owners - who have been hit by a double whammy in recent years thanks to rapid growth.
It's 2008 already? Do any of us remember what happened in 2007? I certainly don't. Where did that year go anyway? We're eight years into this century already and I haven't even cut my lawn yet! I was up late the other night and thinking to myself. "Self," I said. "What can we record for posterity for 2007? It deserves at least an honorable mention -- no? No?" I then fell ...
The fallout from Super Tuesday still hasn't settled yet, leaving both parties in a bit of disarray.
The 2008 Georgia General Assembly session is in mid-stream as we have completed its fourteenth day. The House and Senate Appropriation Committees put the final touches on the Fiscal Year 2008 Reconciliation Budget and are currently preparing the FY 09 state budget. The reconciliation budget, called the "little budget" is the document that looks at where the state stands, especially with federally-mandated Medicaid and education funding. If we are short, usually due to ...
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.
There is a lot going on in the world right now. Usually when I get stuck on what to write about, it is due to a lack of interesting stuff on which to comment. Fortunately there is a buffet of topics making headlines right now. Crazy politics and our government shutdown of course lead the way.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
Tuesday marked the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act. Soon, Georgians will have access to health plans that not only benefit their family's well-being, but also fit within their budgets.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
While it's unrealistic to expect a community's future to be decided in one day, Bryan County's countywide planning retreat held this week at the Richmond Hill City Center was positive in a number of ways. Coastal EMC sponsored the event in an effort to bring Bryan County leaders together to discuss major issues facing our area in the years ahead.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. By the time you read this article, several local "Walk to End Alzheimer's" fundraising events will have taken place.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?
The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.
With the use of terms like sequestration, BRAC and budget cuts, it is easy to see and feel the concern in today's Army.
I consider myself a pretty eco-conscious mom. Not only do I want to do what's best for our planet, I want to set a good example for my daughter, Reese.